I study a lot.
I devour books, listen to podcasts and audiobooks, and watch tons of videos on the topics of personal development, life, and spirituality.
Occasionally, I will go through periods where I don’t feel like I need to learn anything specific.
I don’t stop learning during those times, but the information I consume may not penetrate my mind or change my life in any way.
But then something happens.
Life suddenly becomes less predictable. I begin to feel discomfort, pain, or suffering. I feel something that wasn’t there before.
Spontaneously, it feels like I can’t take in enough information. I’ll do anything to better understand and interpret my situation. I’ll do anything to soothe the pain.
I become open to receiving again. And, as I begin to see resolution in that area of my life, I’ll gradually feel less need for information. The cycle can start all over again.
But the most important question we can ask ourselves is always: What do I need right now?
Information isn’t always what we need. It can end up adding resistance, which causes thoughts to grow. Then we become consumed by the problem instead of seeking out the solution.
The solution is almost always action. We need to do something about our situation. It may not be comfortable – it probably won’t be. But the relief you feel after taking that step will be worth the discomfort.
What you need right now may be a friend. It may be to confront someone. It could also be a good book.
But the best approach is always to focus on what we need. That stops the problem from growing and becoming more than we feel like we can handle.